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The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
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Dec 19, 14

really liked it
bookshelves: re-read, 2014
Read in December, 2014

What I learned from this book: I learned to recognize another form of the subjunctive, thanks to Hannibal Lecter.

Everyone--or many folks--have learned the whole, "If I were rich" rather than "was" rich, and most of us have learned that's the so-called only remaining marker of the subjunctive case in English.

But Hannibal pointed out another: "It is important that he swallow his medicine." Not "that he swallows"; "swallow." Just like the romantic languages.

Tres cool.

Apart from that, this book was mainly a quick, fun ride on a roller coaster of death and pain, political as well as physical.

Funfun.


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Dec. 2014
Mentioned in a column as an excellent example of classic structure, so I reread. So much sadder than I remembered: such desperate emptiness, so much loss. So much less about the grisliness itself than how our attempts to make life meaningful or to right wrongs defer but never cure the pain of loneliness.
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